My name is George and I am 24 years old. I am fully continent but have always had to wear nappies and pads whenever I go out of the house just because of a lack of toilets with hoists available. How would that make you feel? Think about it for a moment. I have quadriplegic… Continue reading Why not just wear pads?
What is your expectation of a simple family day out? Maybe a walk, a trip to a park and a spot of lunch? And you would anticipate it all being rather fun, maybe even relaxing if your child is a bit older. It seems reasonable! We parked and headed along a well loved and popular… Continue reading AIBU? (Yes, I read Mumsnet!)
I am fed up with hearing that “in an ideal world everything would be accessible, but it isn’t an ideal world“. What the heck does that mean? What an enormous load of nonsense!!! Believe me, disabled people already know that the world is far from ideal. Disabled people live it every single day! You saying… Continue reading What is this “ideal world”?
When I first asked Newquay Zoo to improve their toilet facilities, I didn’t get quite the response I hoped for. But then they learned. They talked to users. They listened. And they prioritised access for all. Take a look! From this tiny room where we couldn’t get in and close the door behind us… To… Continue reading Thank you, Newquay Zoo!
Almost a year ago my son had a horrible experience at Sainsbury’s in Penzance. We hoped they would care and want to ensure that it never happens to any other disabled person ever again. Because that is how a good business responds, isn’t it? Either nobody told Sainsbury’s about compassion and high standards, or they… Continue reading Testing Sainsbury’s “reasonable adjustment”.
For a long time campaigning for Changing Places facilities has felt like an endless uphill battle, with no hope for change. But change is coming! However, it will not happen without all supporters of the Changing Places campaign taking action. Simple action, nothing radical, and nothing that even requires you to leave the house. Will… Continue reading What can YOU do?
One month ago I lost my biggest supporter, my greatest cheerleader, and my hero. And I feel as though nothing will ever feel right again. The man who made sure that I grew up to believe in myself is no longer here to tell me that I can achieve anything. No longer here to reassure… Continue reading Loss.
We have wanted to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan for some time. We have only ever heard good things about the place and everyone raves about the cake. But, without a Changing Places toilet, we just couldn’t visit. So we asked them to install one. And they did! No business case to prepare. No… Continue reading Our first visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
I can understand that not all mainstream groups understand all areas of accessibility or inclusion. I can understand that they haven’t thought about the barriers faced by disabled people. And I can even understand how they might not realise that they need to change. But there is no excuse for groups which profess to exist… Continue reading When discrimination comes from “disability groups”…
This is a copy of the “reasons” that Sainsbury’s gives as they refuse to improve their toilet facilities in their Penzance store, despite knowing that my son, and hundreds of thousands of people across the UK, cannot access them. This child had a bad experience in their Penzance store, which continued to affect him long… Continue reading Sainsbury’s – the excuse list…